At a minimum, you should ask about the health testing that has been done on their breeding dogs, including the type of test, the date, and the results. There should be a health guarantee of at least two (2) years protecting against life-threatening, genetic defects. Their home or kennel should be clean and the dogs should look healthy and happy. The breeder should be willing and able to support you for the lifetime of your dog, including being available to answer questions, and help you re-home them if that ever becomes necessary.
Is the breeder willing and able to answer all of your questions? You should seek out a breeder who prioritizes temperament instead of breeding primarily for appearance. You should be prepared to be asked questions too. They are asking because they are concerned about the welfare of the dogs and not just in making a sale.
There are two important mistakes to avoid. The first is online puppy brokers. Puppies from multiple breeders are displayed, but no specific kennel or individual breeder names are identified. These can be online puppy mills. The broker does not see the puppy or the breeder. It is merely a way to market and sell a large number of puppies.
The second mistake is choosing a Labradoodle puppy based on price. This puppy will be your companion for many years to come. You want him or her to come from healthy, tested parents. You want the parents to be matched so that they produce sound, healthy puppies with wonderful temperament.
I would like to thank the following breeders for their support and would happily recommend each of them if Labradoodle Lane cannot meet your needs at this time.
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The Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA) protects the welfare of the Labradoodle and Australian Labradoodle breeds. The organization promotes responsible dog companionship by cataloguing helpful information about the breeds and by offering networking services to breeders and owners.